The 2017/2018 academic year marks a new venture for the boat club as we formally separate from rowing together with Lucy Cavendish College that was dated back since 2002. This means that Hughes Hall will debut their first women rowing programme this year. With the help of the already well-established men’s rowing programme in the college, the women rowers of Hughes Hall will definitely flourish!
In the Easter term of 2016, we saw 8 Hughesians from the University squads return for our May Bumps campaign, where the Boat Club fielded an unprecedented 6 boats. We won the Michell Cup that year – awarded for the winningest club on the Cam all year. In Rio, our Honorary Vice-President Tom Ransley added Olympic gold to his World Championship gold. Participation in the Club is wide, we make room for rowers of all levels and are able to give many students their first ever taste of rowing.
Looking ahead, we will continue to set our sights even higher. Our success is based on the commitment of students, Fellows, Senior Members, staff and of course alumni who have created the tradition we continue today. This year especially the College is right behind us, increasing support to build up the women’s rowing programme of Hughes Hall alongside the men’s with better facilities and more professional coaching. Presidents, Fellows and alumni have been generous enough to donate boats, training equipment, and their time and spirit for crews on race days and the Captains are now busy moulding that interest into commitment and passion, in order to allow us to be even more competitive come Lents, Mays, and hopefully Henley too.
We are now working with the Development Office to raise funds for a new women’s senior boat, new blades, and to reduce our fees which are the highest per student fees for rowing of any College in Cambridge.
Sponsorship will form a key part of our strategy for future success both in terms of competition and participation. Please support HHBC’s cause and help open a new chapter in Hughes Hall rowing.
HHBC President 2017/2018